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HighPoint debuts 362x series hardware RAID SAS PCI-E cards

updated 06:45 pm EDT, Mon June 17, 2013

New cards support up to 32 drives with port multipliers

HighPoint, an industry leading Storage HBA and solutions manufacturer, has launched a new selection of cost-effective hardware RAID HBAs for PC and Mac platforms -- the RocketRAID 362x series. The new line of PCI-E RAID cards are ideal for large-scale configurations of 6Gb per second SATA hard drives, and were designed specifically for I/O intensive business and media applications that require data redundancy coupled with consistent transfer rates.

The RocketRAID 362x series HBA's utilize a dedicated RAID-on-Chip processor and 512MB of DDR3 cache, which offload RAID-related processing from the host system. A comprehensive management suite delivers storage monitoring, maintenance and recovery features to help secure mission-critical data from the risks of hardware failure. The dual Mini-SAS ports deliver 6Gb per second transfer bandwidth for each of the eight device channels.

RocketRAID 362x Series RAID-on-Chip HBAs were designed to work in conjunction with HighPoint's Rocket EJ340 SATA Expander Modules. Rocket EJ340 Expander Modules quadruple the storage capability of each Mini-SAS port, and enable RocketRAID 362x HBAs to expand from 8 up to 32 hard drives, and support large-scale hardware RAID 5 and 6 storage configurations.

RocketRAID 3600 HBAs and accessories are available immediately from HighPoint's network of distribution and Retail channels. The RocketRaid 3620 retail for $429, with the 3622 coming it at $579. The RocketEJ3440 SATA expander retails for $119.

by MacNN Staff



  1. MRTrauffer

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 10-28-03

    I normally don't comment, but feel the need to do so here. While Highpoint may be "affordable", my experience with them is that this company has the worst tech support ever. Prepare to wait for days for any sort of response. No phone number or email, just a forum type, trouble ticket system.

    I had a RAID fail last year, and during my troubleshooting process, I wasn't able to access the web-based controller interface. I went through 2 weeks of individual responses and waiting with their tech support to no resolution. I pulled the Highpoint card and replaced it with an ATTO. well worth the extra cost, and their tech support is just a phone call away.


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    Joined: 02-23-00

    The best part of this "news" on this site is that very shortly there won't be a shipping Mac that y ou can put this in.

  1. chrup

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 09-15-09

    Three months ago, I was looking for an external case & controller. I got a case with a dual-port eSATA controller from - it survived 4 hours before the controller lost its mind.
    I then looked at ebay and found an HP P800 controller, dual-port SAS including an HP MSA70 external drive cage for 25 2.5'' SAS or SATA drives for $210 with free shipping. I got 16 x 300 GB SAS drives 9$60 each incl. HP drive tray) and configured them in a RAID10 array. I get about 996 MB/sec read speed and about 780 MB/sec write speed from that. Then I added 6 x 2/5'' 1TB SATA drives and built a little RAID5 array for stuff that's mainly read-only (iTunes library and such). Read speed is about 400 MB/sec, fast enough for anything I do.

    Pro: Cheap, fast
    Con: Noisy

  1. Mike Wuerthele

    Managing Editor

    Joined: 07-19-12

    Chrup, how effective is your server as a space heater? And how noisy is it?

    Got to say, I do like your ingenuity.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    Blaze: yes, because every Mac Pro and Power Mac tower ever released will disappear in a puff of binary the day the new Mac Pro comes out. As we all know, there is zero market for upgrade cards in the current or older tower base. HighPoint must be idiots or something. :P


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    Joined: 02-23-00

    No but most corporate buyers don't upgrade piecewise. And as Apples SAN products show, there isn't allot of demand for OS X based storage arrays.

  1. Mike Wuerthele

    Managing Editor

    Joined: 07-19-12

    There is a large enough OSX market. Plus, the cards are cross-platform.

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